Fares Hachi of Mamelodi Sundowns and Tshwarelo Bereng of Chippa United go toe to toe during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 game between Chippa United and Mamelodi Sundowns Sisa Dukashe Stadium, East London on 14 February 2017 © Deryck Foster/BackpagePix
Tuesday Feb 14, 2017. 21:28
Chippa United fought back to hold Mamelodi Sundowns to a 1-1 draw in an Absa Premiership game which was played at the Sisa Dukashe Stadium in East London on Tuesday night.
As a result the Chilli Boys moved up to position eight on the league log, while the Brazilians stay fifth on the standings.
The deadlock was broken 18 minutes into the game following a well-taken free-kick by Teko Modise, who found his teammate Wayne Arendse in the blind spot.
Arendse, who was captaining Sundowns on the night, then beat Chippa goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi with a low shot to make it 1-0 to the Brazilians.
However, Chilli Boys pressed for the equalizing goal and they were awarded a penalty in the 35th minute after Buyani Sali was fouled in the Sundowns box.
In-form Chippa forward Rhulani Manzini then stepped up and converted from the spot-kick to make it 1-1 heading into the half-time break.
Sundowns dominated the opening stages of the second-half with the likes of Teko Modise and Leonardo Castro missing golden opportunities in the Chippa box.
But Chippa midfielder Linda Shiba also had a late chance to score, but Sundowns keeper Wayne Sandilands produced a great save to deny the winger.
The former South Africa international's late save ensured that the game ended in a 1-1 stalemate.
Chippa (1) 1 (R.Manzini 36')
Sundowns (1) 1 (Arendse 18')
Chippa: Akpeyi, Thopola, Bergman, Chabalala, Mako, Sangweni, Zuke, Bereng, Masuku (P.Zulu 92'), Sali (Mbokoma 85'), R.Manzini (Shiba 82').
Sundowns: Sandilands, Ngcongca, Hachi, Bangaly, Arendse, Mohomi, Mabunda, Modise (Morena 63'), T.Zwane (Mbekile 83'), Zakri (Langerman 72'), Castro.